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Hi-tech jobs backed by Invest NI

INVEST Northern Ireland is supporting the creation of nine new jobs by SpeechStorm Ltd, a local ICT company that specialises in Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and mobile customer service applications.

The nine high quality jobs, including new executive positions, will bring total employment in the company to 24 and will support its growth plans over the next three years.

Invest NI is providing £81,000 of support.

SpeechStorm was established in 2010 following a management buyout by its founding executive team, with the support of IT firm Kainos and venture capital fund manager Crescent Capital.

Brian Dolaghan, Invest NI's Business & Sector Development Group executive director, said: "SpeechStorm is a good example of an indigenous, knowledge-based company that's invested in developing a quality product with global application and is now poised for substantial growth."

SpeechStorm's target customers are in the global telecoms, retail, utilities and financial services sectors and it has already secured high profile clients and partners in the UK, Europe and US, including BSkyB and eircom.

CEO Oliver Lennon said: "Our strategy for the next three years is to grow revenues significantly and establish SpeechStorm as a leading contact centre applications provider in Europe and in the US, as well as our home markets of the UK and Ireland."